Title: Y Negative
Author: Kelly Haworth
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Genre: MM, futuristic,
In the last surviving cities of a ruined world, the concept of “woman” has been forgotten to history. Those unfortunate enough to lack a Y chromosome live as second-class citizens in a world dominated by mascs.
Ember is Y negative. He is scorned, bullied, abused by every masc he encounters, at work and at the gym. Not even his Y negative roommate cuts him any slack. He wants so desperately to be accepted as a masc that he’d rather buy black market testosterone than food. Something’s gotta give—he needs a change in his life, but has no idea how to find it.
Jess is a masc with a passion for studying the recovery of their devastated world. His boyfriend is pressuring him for more commitment, and his father expects him to take over the family business. He can’t wait to get away from civilization for his seasonal research out in the wild.
When Jess offers Ember a job, their lives collide in the isolated wasteland, and their initial attraction turns into a relationship that horrifies those around them. Soon their struggle to stay together and to be who they are turns into a fight for their lives.
Y Negative by author Kelly Haworth is a very different take on the future. There are no women per say in the in this future. But there are people born XX they have to take hormone treatments and are subjected to horrible body mutilation. They are also teased and beaten by the XY group of men. This has been the life of Ember. He has dealt with being XX all his life. He wants to be more than what he was born into, but life keeps kicking him down. He would love to have an XY man love him but being andros he knows this will never be happening. Then he gets an interesting job offer from Jess.
Jess has always been XY. He has never had to deal with what Ember has had to, to just live. He wants to work on the environmental stations and needs a crew. He offers Ember a job. Since Ember would like to eat some time this century Ember says yes. Jess is a good person. He is fair minded and doesn't believe in kicking Ember just because he is different. But when he falls for Ember his life changes forever.
I liked the theme of this book, which seems to be loving yourself just the way you are not as society sees you. Hard thing for both Ember and Jess to do in this book. There are a lot of politics and layers to this book, I would love to see this explored in a sequel. There is a lot of story inside this book and really glad I picked it up. I will say this is not light reading. This is a book you pick up when you want to be swept away inside a story, transported to a new world, and fall in love along the way.
Five Shooting Stars